This week’s Europa League final was meant to be a special occasion for Liverpool full-back Alberto Moreno.
The 23-year-old Spaniard came through Sevilla’s youth ranks and spent three years in the first team at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán before joining the Reds in a £12 million deal in August 2014.
However, it turned out to be a night to forget for Moreno, who was heavily criticised by Liverpool fans and pundits alike for his dismal performance at St. Jakob-Park.
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The Spain international found himself trending on social media during and after the match for all the wrong reasons.
A controversial tweet posted by Jamie Carragher, calling for Liverpool to sign a new left-back, generated over 12,000 retweets before it was deleted minutes later.
Moreno's Wikipedia page edited
Around the same time on Wednesday night, Moreno’s Wikipedia page was edited. It briefly showed that on May 18 2016, the defender played for Sevilla and scored two goals.
This was surely in reference to Sevilla’s first and third goals.
Moreno was caught out of position for Kevin Gameiro’s equaliser during the opening seconds of the second half and failed to cut out a pass to Coke for Sevilla’s third and final goal of the night.
Moreno praised Sevilla after the match
Shortly after the match, while he was still being lambasted by disgruntled supporters, Moreno praised Sevilla in the mixed zone.
"Congratulations to Sevilla," the left-back was quoted as saying by ESPN. "We played a good Europa League. We've had a good season, but have not been able to lift a trophy.
"We were better in the first half, and had more chances. It's true that they rolled over us in the second half. They came out flying, and scored three times in 20 minutes. They were the better team. They deserved to win the trophy. We must just lift our heads and think of next season."
On facing his former employers, Moreno added: "It is very strange.
“It was a weird sensation as I spent 10 years there, and now in two years I am playing against them, against teammates and fans who you have supported all your life. It is strange."
Moreno is not a traditional left-back
Moreno possesses plenty of qualities but it’s patently clear that he doesn’t read the game like a reliable full-back should.
The Spaniard is an attacking wing-back - or perhaps even an out-and-out winger - and can cause opposing teams problems when he bombs forwards.
But there’s a worrying lack of defensive intuition there and it’s a problem Klopp must resolve this summer.
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